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NAB 2013 - Conversations with Filmmakers on the topic of 4K


While roaming the floor at NAB 2013, we sought out filmmakers and creatives to ask them about a very prevalent 2013 trend: 4K.


We wanted to hear their unfiltered thoughts on the role of 4K in acquisition and distribution.


Here's what we learned...


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NAB: Speakers Discuss Early 8K Activity

NAB: Speakers Discuss Early 8K Activity | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

4K is a pervasive topic this week at the NAB Show, but hang on: The 8K flavor of Ultra HD -- representing a whopping 16 times the picture resolution as today’s HD -- is also generating discussion on some panels.

 

Jim Houston, principal of Starwatcher Digital and AMPAS Scitech Council member, even predicted that it would be as easy to accommodate 8K 120 frames per second in a decade as it is do 2K today.

 

 

To illustrate the difference in file sizes, he related that today dailies can account for roughly 2.5 TB of data per day, while 8K at 120 fps could bring that number to 187TB.


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A 4K workflow as familiar as today’s HD

A 4K workflow as familiar as today’s HD | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

With the recent news that Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has decided to begin broadcasting live Ultra high-definition signals into consumer’s homes for the finals of the football World Cup in Brazil in July 2014, and the launch of Eutelsat’s satellite-based 4K movie channel last summer, broadcasters around the world are beginning to look at the various parts of the 3840 × 2160 pixels production chain to make it a practical reality.

 

Many see 4K as the next big thing in consumer electronics and the broadcast industry—particularly satellite TV providers—is doing its part to make it happen.

 

Gerhard Lang, Vizrt’s Chief Engineering Officer, and his team of engineers has dedicated significant resources to optimizing the company’sViz Engine to process and manage the bandwidth-hungry 4K (and within five years, 8K) signals and make the workflow as seamless as it is with today’s HD (1080i and 720p) workflow.

 

VIZRT Website:

www.vizrt.com

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  SL3305

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France champions HEVC

France champions HEVC | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

France has taken a lead in deployment of the HEVC codec in the two months following its ratification by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) with several product announcements and the first commercial deployment for Video On Demand (VOD).

 

Thomson Video Networks Website:

https://www.thomson-networks.com/

 

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Thomson Video Networks Stand Number:  SU2611

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Sony Looks Beyond High Definition

Sony Looks Beyond High Definition | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

 

 

Sony’s theme at the 2013 NAB Show is “Beyond Definition,” according to Alec Shapiro, president of Professional Solutions of America at Sony Electronics.

 

He noted that every past NAB has been about format wars, SD, HD, 2K, 4K, but that “we’re now focused a lot more on enterprise solutions for broadcasters, corporate, universities, houses of worship and others.

 

 

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Thomson Video Networks embraces HEVC compression standard

Thomson Video Networks embraces HEVC compression standard | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

In one of the first worldwide implementations of HEVC, Thomson Video Networks’s ViBE VS7000 multi-screen video encoding/transcoding system now provides support for the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) compression standard for live and offline applications.

 

Thomson Video Networks Website:

https://www.thomson-networks.com/

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  SU2611

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Panasonic Plans for 2K, 4K and More with AVC Ultra

Panasonic Plans for 2K, 4K and More with AVC Ultra | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

Panasonic announced a new, shoulder-mount camcorder, the AG-HPX600, this afternoon.

 

Company officials called it "future proof" because recording with new AVC Ultra master-quality codecs will become an option sometime in 2013, as will the use of a new, highly efficient proxy format.

 

The lightweight camera — it weighs less than seven pounds — will ship sometime this fall for an expected list price of less than $16,000.

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  C3607

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NAB Show Panel Sessions Examine Impact of 4K and 3D on Filmmaking

NAB Show Panel Sessions Examine Impact of 4K and 3D on Filmmaking | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

NAB Show, taking place April 6-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada, will feature back-to-back panel discussions with a session on Sam Raimi’s 3D feature “Oz the Great and Powerful,” preceeded by a session on Academy Award winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda’s upcoming film “Oblivion,” starring Tom Cruise, on Tuesday, April 9.

 

Each session will examine the impact that technologies such as 4K and 3D have on filmmaking today.

 

NAB 2013 Website:

www.nabshow.com

 

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4K UHDTV functionality as standard for Snell live production products

4K UHDTV functionality as standard for Snell live production products | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

Snell has announced it is offering 4K functionality at no additional charge in a range of its products, including select routing switchers, fibre infrastructure and the Kahuna 360 multi-format production switcher.

 

The company says this move will help significantly lower the barriers to 4K production by allowing users to mix and match any combination of SD, HD, 1080p and 4K sources seamlessly in the live production environment.

 

Snell Website:

http://www.snellgroup.com/

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  N1820

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Apantac Launches New 4K Multiviewer at NAB 2013

Apantac Launches New 4K Multiviewer at NAB 2013 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

TAHOMA ULTRA-4K Multiviewer boasts four outputs for driving a single ultra hi-res monitor with 4K resolution (3840x2160 pixels). 

 

This offers outstanding high quality resolution for multi-image display processing and monitoring. 

 

It is ideal for high-end applications that use 4K monitors or a 2x2 video wall consisting of four 1920x1080 displays. 

 

Apantac Website:

http://www.apantac.com

 

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  N4613

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Qube Cinema Brings True 4K DCP Review and Playback to NAB 2013

Qube Cinema Brings True 4K DCP Review and Playback to NAB 2013 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it
 
Postproduction facilities with 4K DI suites are now able to use one projector setup for both HD-4K uncompressed color grading and 2K-4K digital cinema playback providing comprehensive review and quality control with this one Qube system.
 
The postproduction version of the Xi IMB features a Quad 3G interface with four BNC connectors that can be connected to color grading or finishing systems to stream uncompressed 4K content directly to a Series 2 DLP cinema projector.
 
Qube Website:

http://www.qubecinema.com/

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  SL12216

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Utah Scientific Announces 4K Routing Switcher

Utah Scientific Announces 4K Routing Switcher | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

Utah Scientific has announced a major extension of the UTAH-100/UDS routing switcher family with a new range of routing switchers offering 6 Gbps UHD-SDI signal capabilities to support new 4K signal formats (both single- and multi-link) used in ultra-high-definition (UHD) TV production.

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  N4607

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NTT Products information in 2013 NAB SHOW : 4K/HD HEVC CODEC for Video Streaming and more.

NTT Products information in 2013 NAB SHOW : 4K/HD HEVC CODEC for Video Streaming and more. | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

We exhibit some types of our HEVC Encoder.

 

These achieve UHD Video Streaming, HD mobile video streaming, and live streaming also, because of high compression efficiency and stable CBR of our HEVC encoders.

 

 


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RED is Building 6K Dragon Cameras Live at NAB in a Custom-Built Clean Room

RED is Building 6K Dragon Cameras Live at NAB in a Custom-Built Clean Room | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

In what is probably the wildest thing I have seen thus far at NAB 2013, RED has built a ridiculous clean room for its engineers to perform Dragon camera builds on the show floor – complete with windows for spectators to watch the magic happen.

 

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NAB 2013: Motorola showcases HEVC encoding

NAB 2013: Motorola showcases HEVC encoding | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

Consistent with its ongoing programme to drive the uptake of broadcast systems based on the new standard, Motorola Mobility is to showcase HEVC-based compression and real-time encoding technology.

 

HEVC video compression technology is claimed to have the ability to reduce  bandwidth by up to 50% compared with the existing MPEG-4 AVC standard while  still delivering same quality of viewing experience.

 

Motorola Mobility Website:

http://www.motorola.com

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  SU2017

 

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Vizrt demonstrates new 4K rendering capability and IP streaming from Viz Engine

Vizrt demonstrates new 4K rendering capability and IP streaming from Viz Engine | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

At this year’s show, representatives from Vizrt will demonstrate Viz Engine’s new ability to render 4K graphics in real-time as well as its IP media streaming capabilities.

 

These live, interactive demonstrations will be part of the company’s overall mission at this year’s NAB – highlighting an integrated workflow for video and graphics production and distribution.

 

VIZRT Website:

www.vizrt.com

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  SL3305

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Adobe Premiere Pro's New Features Push It Closer to 'Final Cut Pro 8' Wish Lists

Adobe Premiere Pro's New Features Push It Closer to 'Final Cut Pro 8' Wish Lists | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

Adobe is teasing some of its new Premiere Pro features just ahead of NAB 2013.

 

Over the past couple of years, Adobe has been doing a decent job of listening to customer feedback in adding features to Premiere Pro.

 

In many instances, these added features were simply standard features picked up from Final Cut Pro 7 – things that those switching to Premiere Pro instantly missed.

 

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Leader announces new LV5490 SD to 4K multi-standard multi-waveform monitor

Leader announces new LV5490 SD to 4K multi-standard multi-waveform monitor | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

The LV5490 is a highly versatile waveform monitor supporting the full range of standard video production and transmission resolutions from 525 and 625 standard definition up to 3840 x 2160 and 4096 x 2160 4K.

 

It incorporates a high-definition 1920 x 1080 9 inch LCD monitor with a wide viewing angle and high quality colorimetry.

 

This allows simultaneous analysis of up to four video channels.

 

Leader Instruments Website:

http://www.leaderamerica.com

 

 

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  C6516

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NAB 2013 Preview

NAB 2013 Preview | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

If you make your living in the world of video, cinema, audio or post-production, NAB sets the tone and provides accurate indicators of where the industry (and technology) is headed. 

 

Last year’s show was dominated by talk about the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera, 4K, 5K, and RAW capable cameras.

 

With Netflix announcing 4K streaming coming to subscribers within the next 2-years, this might be the year many production houses bite the bullet and upgrade from HD to 4K.

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Exhibitor List: 

http://nab13.mapyourshow.com/5_0/search.cfm

 

NAB 2013 Interactive Floorplan:

http://expo.nabshow.com/annual13/Public/floorplan.aspx

 

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Next-Generation 4K Ultra HD LED Video Wall Solution

Next-Generation 4K Ultra HD LED Video Wall Solution | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

Leyard is China LED display manufacturer since 1995, offer indoor LED display, outdoor LED display, LED video display, information display and LED lighting solutions.

 

Leyard Website:

http://www.leyardleddisplay.com/

 

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  SL11511

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SGO Launches Mistika Air HD, Ultra HD and 8K Broadcasting Tools at NAB 2013

SGO Launches Mistika Air HD, Ultra HD and 8K Broadcasting Tools at NAB 2013 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

At NAB 2013, on Booth SL10321, SGO is showcasing its industry-leading broadcast and post solutions, the world-leading line of powerful Mistika DI and Stereo 3D production solutions. 

 

Headlines include the launch of Mistika Air, the complete real-time Ultra HD Solution for Intelligent Broadcast, including highly paralleled HD – Ultra HD – 4K – 8K operation with multiple codecs, enabling broadcasters with cost-effective, high-end production tools.

 

New Mistika Post V7.5 developments will also be showcased at NAB, making Mistika the true differentiator in a crowded and devalued market.

 

Mistika V7.5 combines next generation colour grading tools, in an ACES Compliant environment, with advanced editorial, VFX, finishing, and more.

 

 

SGO Website:

www.sgo.es

 

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  SL10321

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For-A's 4K Variable Frame-Rate Camera to Make its NAB Debut

For-A's 4K Variable Frame-Rate Camera to Make its NAB Debut | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

The FT-One can record up to 900 frames per second using For-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, the self-contained unit records and plays back full 4K (4,096 x 2,160 pixels).

 

FOR-A Website:

http://www.for-a.com/

 

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Stand Number:  C5116

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CacheIO Teams Up with Digital Vision for Enhanced 4K Workflows at NAB

CacheIO Teams Up with Digital Vision for Enhanced 4K Workflows at NAB | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

CacheIO, the high performance storage array leader for intense media applications, and Digital Vision, the industry icon for digital media processing, are collaborating at NAB to show enhanced workflows with the CacheIO 2RU Flash Array drawing on the 140Gbps bandwidth of the CacheIO appliance to provide concurrent 4K playback.

 

CacheIO Website:

http://www.cacheio.com/

 

Digital Vision Website:

http://www.digitalvision.tv/

 

Andre Bontems's insight:

 

NAB 2013 Digital Vision Stand Number:  SL14518

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NHK to Present 8K Video at New NAB Labs Futures Park

NHK to Present 8K Video at New NAB Labs Futures Park | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

Japanese public broadcaster NHK will present the latest iteration of its Super Hi-Vision system at the 2013 NAB Show.

 

It will feature a presentation theater for viewing the system's 8k video and 22.2-multichannel sound (including content recorded in cooperation with the Olympic Broadcasting Service and the BBC at the London 2012 Olympic Games).

 

The system's 7680 x 4320 video format provides 16 times the number of pixels as HDTV, for stunning clarity and an immersive visual experience.

 

Meanwhile, the system's massive multichannel audio system produces unprecedented immersion into a 3D sound space for viewers located anywhere within a large viewing area.

 

NAB Labs Futures Park Website:

http://www.nabshow.com/2013/exhibits/special-attractions/nab-labs-futures-park.asp

 

 

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